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History consists of heroes and villains (and, I suppose everything in between)... but it's usually the villains who are the most interesting: Their flaws, their quirks, the voids in their hearts that force them to do the unthinkable. These are the characters that fascinate us, that pull us in, that compel us to watch and don’t let us look away. And these are the characters that Scoundrel: History’s Forgotten Villains is all about.

Scoundrel, is a new bi-weekly anthology podcast from Kast Media and the award winning creators of Myths & Legends, that tells the stories of the rapscallions through time who were just a little more adept at hiding their evil from historians than others. By joining them on their treacherous journeys, we not only learn about what makes them tick, but more importantly, the times that created them.

Sidney Gottlieb, George Remus, Thomas Blood, James McClintock. They’ve all done horrible things...on varying scales. If there’s anything we can salvage from their misdeeds and incalculable human suffering, it’s the opportunity to use them to elucidate the times they’ve lived… so that we can better understand ourselves.

Scoundrel: History's Forgotten Villains KAST MEDIA | Jason and Carissa Weiser

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    • 4.9 • 668 Ratings

History consists of heroes and villains (and, I suppose everything in between)... but it's usually the villains who are the most interesting: Their flaws, their quirks, the voids in their hearts that force them to do the unthinkable. These are the characters that fascinate us, that pull us in, that compel us to watch and don’t let us look away. And these are the characters that Scoundrel: History’s Forgotten Villains is all about.

Scoundrel, is a new bi-weekly anthology podcast from Kast Media and the award winning creators of Myths & Legends, that tells the stories of the rapscallions through time who were just a little more adept at hiding their evil from historians than others. By joining them on their treacherous journeys, we not only learn about what makes them tick, but more importantly, the times that created them.

Sidney Gottlieb, George Remus, Thomas Blood, James McClintock. They’ve all done horrible things...on varying scales. If there’s anything we can salvage from their misdeeds and incalculable human suffering, it’s the opportunity to use them to elucidate the times they’ve lived… so that we can better understand ourselves.

    Hong Xiuquan: Demon-Slaying Rebel and Brother to Jesus Christ

    Hong Xiuquan: Demon-Slaying Rebel and Brother to Jesus Christ

    Ten years before the US Civil War, a little revolt broke out in China that was commanded by a 37-year-old former school teacher who believed himself to be a demon-slaying younger brother to Jesus Christ. By the time Hong Xiuquan was done, 30 million people were killed and the world would never be the same. 

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    • 47 min
    Belle Gunness: The Murderous Black Widow

    Belle Gunness: The Murderous Black Widow

    It's 1908 in La Porte, Indiana and a farmhouse belonging to Belle Gunness, a 50-year-old immigrant from Norway, is engulfed in flames. As firefighters dig through the charred remains of Belle's family, they discover something else: Dozens of bodies buried in the backyard. While it's difficult to know exactly what one of America's first female serial killers was thinking as she slaughtered her victims for profit, there's one thing for certain. Belle Gunness was one naughty Norwegian.

     

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    • 45 min
    Sidney Gottlieb: The Man Who Tried To Control Minds

    Sidney Gottlieb: The Man Who Tried To Control Minds

    Sidney Gottlieb led a fairly simple life.  He and his wife lived on a farm. He milked goats and practiced meditation.  From the looks of this spectacularly mundane, even boring-appearing man, you would have no idea of one tiny inescapable tidbit ...Sidney Gottlieb is one of the most prolific torturers the Cold War has ever produced. He spearheaded a program run by the CIA charged with the sole goal of controlling people's minds called MK Ultra. In its wake exists a body count numbering in the thousands and unspeakable suffering that has yet to heal. This is his treacherous true story.  

     

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    • 55 min
    Thomas Blood: The Man Who Stole England's Crown Jewels

    Thomas Blood: The Man Who Stole England's Crown Jewels

    On an early morning in the year 1671, a 53-year-old man named Thomas Blood enters the Tower of London to perform perhaps the most daring heist in the history of humanity. A lifelong nemesis of the English crown, Blood and his brigade of bandits channel their rage and do the impossible:  Steal The Crown Jewels. Throughout his life, Blood's misadventures prove to be so bold, dangerous and deliciously audacious, they're still making historians scratch their heads 350 years later.

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    • 42 min
    Sister Virginia Maria: The Murderous Nun of Monza

    Sister Virginia Maria: The Murderous Nun of Monza

    It's 1606 in the Italian peninsula and you can feel the beauty and euphoria of the Renaissance in the air. But at the same time, in a small garden in Monza of Northern Italy, two very unenlightened people talk in hushed tones, and we promise: absolutely nothing beautiful will come of it. A nun by the name of Sister Virginia Maria of Monza whispers into the ear of her dangerous lover, Giovanni Paolo Osio.  She wants another nun in her monastery dead, hence sparking one of the most villainous scandals in Church history. 

     

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    • 45 min
    George Remus: The Real Great Gatsby

    George Remus: The Real Great Gatsby

    It's 1920 and George Remus, a Chicago attorney, stands before the bench in a Federal courtroom. He watches in horror as the Judge finds his client, a local booze bootlegger, guilty of violating the recently passed Volstead Act. The man's punishment? A $10,000 fine, the equivalent of roughly over $160,000 in today's money. Remus is horrified by the obscene punishment but notices that his client could care less. The bootlegger casually removes a wad of cash from his pocket so thick it can barely fold and tosses it to Remus to drop it off for him as he exits. Staring down at the money, Remus has a plan: To become the biggest bootlegger of illegal booze the world has ever seen. This is a tale of betrayal, duplicity, and cold-hearted murder. 

     

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
668 Ratings

668 Ratings

Jbrown175 ,

My favorite from this team!

I started listening to Myths and Legends years ago. Naturally I jumped to Fictional when that started. Both are great but Scoundrel definitely takes the cake for all three. The narrative differences between Jason and Carissa are SO complimentary in my opinion. Love it!

mythosculpts ,

Brutal Charm

As entertaining as Myths and Legends. Love to hear a married couple enjoying together the time and media. Listen for brutal, obscure, educational charm.

puffpug ,

AMAZING!

I love this podcast so so much! I truly appreciate the way in which they deliver the stories💕 love the work you do guys.

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